The January Premier League Transfer window opens tomorrow, 1st January 2013. It also heralds silly season in the UK tabloid newspapers as `off the cuff` remarks and evasive comments become tomorrow’s transfer news! We have already had the farce at Chelsea, with Demba Ba turning down flat the approaches from them. Like most others in football, he is probably appalled at the antics of the club during the racism rows and their sociopath owner. So let’s have a look at some genuine transfer news from Manchester United.
Firstly, let`s rule out the nonsense. Ronaldo will not be coming back to United in January. It is also unlikely that Sir Alex will now launch a bid for Wesley Sneijder, despite the fact that he could get him for a cut price £11m. My sources at United tell me that Sir Alex has decided that he would prefer to nurture the talents of the much younger Shinji Kagawa in that midfield role. This is particularly so, as I wrote earlier this month, that the deal to bring Lewandowski from Dortmund has all but been rubber stamped for the summer. That would mean reuniting Kagawa with Lewandowski; one of the most lethal partnerships in recent German Bundesliga history.
Also, forget talk about David De Gea leaving and going to Real Madrid. For a start, Jose Mourinho will not be there next season. Moreover, Sir Alex has not spent £18m and two years of intensive training to just see him float off to Madrid. Not only that, but De Gea is happy in Manchester and does not want to leave. The same applies to Nani. Whilst he has not yet signed any new contract, there is still the rest of this season to resurrect his career. Unless a really big offer comes in, I expect him to stay, at least until the summer.
So, who will be the January transfer for Sir Alex?
My sources at the club and at BBC Sport in Manchester tell me that a deal has already been agreed in principle for Wilfred Zaha, the exciting young Crystal Palace player. He is the right age to fit the profile Sir Alex has adopted for most transfer in recent years. Moreover, he is already an international player.
With Scholes and Giggs definitely retiring at the end of this season, it will make sense to agree to the request from Crystal Palace, in which he is loaned back to them for the rest of this season and make his move during the summer.